Biogen Trail Run Series powered by Maxxis Tyres 20175 December 2023
The series takes place at the PwC Bike Park in Bryanston, one of the most popular mountain biking venues in Gauteng, but as the sun goes down it becomes a trail running Mecca.
The route consists of mostly wide single-track paths that will take runners on a winding journey through the park. The course is relatively flat, however loads of manmade ups and downs provide a leg-burning route that will test even the toughest trail runners. The two routes split after 3,6km at the Biogen sponsored water point and the longer distance runners head through the tunnel to tackle the challenging trails on the other side of the N1 highway.
Headlights are a must for the route, as although the course is smooth there are plenty of drop offs and tight runs to challenge competitors.
With a venue capacity of 700 people, ilumin8 has been producing sell out themed events for the past 4 years. With the support of fantastic sponsors such as Biogen, Runtastic and Trappers, entrants are treated to a value for money, entertaining experience while adding to their fitness and personal goals, lots of our runners are achieving personal bests with each event, “I think the events provide a great environment for a competitive yet fun experience, which keeps participants coming back for more. Every event my phone rings off the hook with people looking to get into the events, however we would rather have happy 700 participants than 1000 unhappy ones, that’s why we limit the events.” says Richard Beswick, the owner of ilumin8.
WHY THE NIGHT?
…Your senses become heightened, you’re on a trail in the dark, your world becomes as big as the beam from your headlight, you begin to notice things that you might miss in the daylight, things like the sound of the wind in the trees, your own breathing, and at times, complete silence.
This is night trail running and this is the Biogen Night Trail Running Series.
Trail running at night is a rush that’s sure to break you out of your normal workout routine. Even if you’ve been on a certain trail a hundred times before, it looks and feels different in the dark.
Dark adventures are the most fun with a posse of friends. The benefit of camaraderie is unmistakable, it is an amazing thing to be running in the dark and laughing hysterically at jokes and stories that any other time wouldn’t be remotely funny. This all adds up to make your run a lot more exciting than a route on a well-lit street or during the day.
There’s the hint of danger that darkness in the wilderness of central Bryanston seems to bring, and the pleasing sense of bravery as you face it head-on.
You can’t get that from a treadmill.
The 2017 series can be entered once off at a discounted rate. You are entered automatically for each event in the series, and will only need to select your distance and batch for each event on the night at registration. The first 80 entrants will receive a race pack valued at R350 from our series sponsors.
THE SERIES DATES ARE AS FOLLOWS
9th February 2017- Love Run
6th April 2017 – Lumo Run
11th May 2017- BrrrRun
21st September 2017- Retro Run
26th October 2017-Halloween Run